Apple’s now offering a $50 credit to any customer who paid for an out-of-warranty battery replacement for an iPhone 6 or later between Jan. 1, 2017 and Dec. 28, 2017. The credit is an extension of the company’s previously announced $29 battery replacement program, which launched last December.
If your battery replacement was done at an Apple Store, Apple Repair Center, or an Apple Authorized Service Provider during the dates mentioned above, you’re eligible for the $50 credit. Those who received repairs from a third-party repair outlet are not eligible for a refund.
Prior to January, Apple charged $79 for a battery replacement. The fee then dropped to $29 and now covers any iPhone battery replacements through the end of 2018. This includes batteries on the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, or 7 Plus.
Between now and July 27, Apple will contact eligible customers via email with instructions on how to receive the credit. If you haven’t received an email by August 1, you’re asked to contact Apple support for assistance.
Apple was forced to offer replacement iPhone batteries after adding a controversial power management feature with the iOS 10.2.1 update in early 2017. The feature was intended to prevent unexpected shutdowns on older phones during times of peak power. However, Apple was greatly criticized for not explaining that the feature also throttled the processor on iPhones with older batteries, thereby resulting in slower performance.
Beginning with the iOS 11.3 update, iPhone throttling is no longer turned on by default. Additionally, Apple now provides more information about battery health via the Settings app under Battery > Battery Health.
While it’s nice seeing Apple offer this rebate, it’s worth questioning why it took so long for it to do so. The discount should have been offered at the same time the company dropped the price on battery replacements from $79 to $29 earlier this year.
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